From the Office of Bishop Bob


In sadness, we share the news that Rev. Scott Ritchey died on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Rev. Scott Ritchey was an elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. He attended Saint Joseph and Saint Patrick Universities. He was admitted on probation in 2001 and appointed to serve at Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ. He was admitted into full connection in 2003 and served at First UMC of Phoenix, AZ (Associate). He began his service at Justa Center in Phoenix, AZ in 2006 as the Director. In 2015, he served at Central UMC in Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his wife Laura.

Scott Ritchey was a force for good in this world. Many people were inspired by his decision to embrace his new vocation in The United Methodist Church and at the Justa Center. Scott changed his vocation to preserve his faith—he followed where God led him. And when his life changed again, during his illness, he embraced his journey with a spirit of surrender, gratitude, and gentle acceptance.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences can be sent to:
Laura Ritchey
3584 Parlin Street
Loveland, CO 80538
or by email

Memorial Gifts may be made to:
Justa Center
1001 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. Scott Ritchey, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.

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